The problem with love letters is that they get tucked into a box only to be read once every few years. Why not pull them out and put them on display where they can be enjoyed all the time?
My brother-in-law started a tradition where he writes a love letter (I’m not sure if he calls it that) to his kids on their birthday. He shares stories from the year, personality traits they developed that year, and whatever else he wants to write about. He writes their name and which birthday it is and seals it up. He stores it in a safe and on his kids’ 18th birthday, they will receive 18 letters, one from each birthday over the past 18 years. It will be like a diary of their life through the eyes of their dad.
I just loved that idea and got his permission to copy it 🙂
Early one morning, before anyone else was awake, I was writing my daughter’s birthday letter. Writing these letters is always fun because it’s a few precious minutes to just reflect on that person and on the year we shared. I think its easy to get so caught up in the day to day of tending to our kids physically and emotionally that we really don’t get the chance to just completely focus on their strengths in a gushing, lovey-dovey kind of way.
As I was finishing up my letter, my daughter came downstairs. I remember feeling more in love with her than ever. It’s amazing what a little focus on a person’s good qualities can do for your state of mind and the relationship.
That got me thinking…This might be a good exercise to do with all of the people in our lives, especially the difficult ones. Having trouble with a coworker, boss, or feisty child? Try writing them a love letter in the morning forcing yourself to list all of their good qualities, and only their good qualities. This isn’t easy, but you might just notice a big shift in your relationship.
Anyway, about my project. 🙂
My daughter’s walls were bare and needing some lovin’ and I decided to frame a love letter to her and display it on the wall for her to read and enjoy. Now this would be a much better idea if she could actually read, but I overlook details sometimes!
To begin, I wrote a letter and typed it out on the computer. I decided to highlight the character traits of my daughter in pink so those stood out from the text.
Next, I took an old brown picture frame and painted it white. I wanted to paint the inner section of the frame silver but went with hot pink at the last minute. Once that dried, I put the letter into the frame and hung it in the center of the room.
I scrounged around the garage and found some other random frames I had (most didn’t have glass) and just painted them silver, white, pink and one copper. I arranged the frames around the letter to create a wall collage.
And that was it.
Now her walls, and hopefully her heart, are full.
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I, of course, love your spin on this idea…going a step further and framing it. Your creativity always amazes me Jill!!
Jill! I have so much to say, but will try to be brief. Great idea from you BIL. Great way to expand on the idea and give it even more life. AND I’ve mentioned about that space above my bed that needs filling. I’ve had your frame post floating around in my mind for that space. Well, now…I’m going to add love notes between me and my husband along with pictures! As soon as temps go above 110, this will be my happy project 😀 You’re awesome! Thank you ❤
awww your idea above your bed sounds perfect! Your letters would be so sweet with photos! Um, yes, if you have temps above 110, you WILL need an indoor project!! 🙂
This wall has been empty for tooooooo long. This IS the summer 😀
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Sweet DIY project with endless positive spins! Jill writes, “This might be a good exercise to do with all of the people in our lives, especially the difficult ones. Having trouble with a coworker, boss, or feisty child? Try writing them a love letter in the morning forcing yourself to list all of their good qualities, and only their good qualities. This isn’t easy, but you might just notice a big shift in your relationship.”
What a sweet, sweet, idea (the love letter)! And the collage is icing on the cake!! How did you paint the frames? Spray paint? I’d love to do this…
Hey there! Yes, spray paint on the side frames. super easy! The middle frame I painted by hand, though. I was trying to create a white washed look but gave up at some point in order to just get it done 🙂
This is such a beautiful idea! I love it!! I am definitely going to do this for my boys!
Awww, I love this! What a beautiful gift and memory to have for your daughter!
Thanks. I’ll have to keep it up until she can read! 🙂
I love your letter ! What a gift to Maggie !
This is precious!! I write letters to my sons on their birthday each year too! Love this. Her walls look beautiful now and I’m sure she will have a full heart from it too!
Thanks. Your boys will love their letters, too!!
I really like this idea! I love the look of it too. I may have to do this for my kids. I also love your BIL’s idea for every year! So sweet-and how fun for the kids to open when it’s time!!!
I know. I feel like I’ve forgotten a year here and there, though. There might be some “missing” birthday letters on their 18th bday! ha
Your letter to Maggie is what I always wanted to say to you!
You did and do! xo